Having owned my custom ordered Unicorn Artist 3200 bass for close to two weeks, I would like to provide a small review. When collecting the bass at the Unicorn workshop and playing it for the first time I was blown away by the playability and build quality of the bass. The sound also gave a good impression, although the speakers available for trying it out in the workshop did not do the bass full justice.
I have now had the time to properly get to know the bass, trying it out on my Trace Elliot rig and also with headphones using the Phil Jones Bighead headphone amp. My conclusion is that this is an outstanding bass guitar that is even better than I expected when placing the order more than a year ago. The build quality is simply superb. In particular, the bass has a set neck construction that I assume must be very hard to build, but it works perfectly. I have tried several of the high-end brands, but none of them surpasses this bass w.r.t. build quality and craftsmanship. This is reflected in every little detail, such as the back plates, the edges of the fretboard and the nut, as well as the neck and body construction.
W.r.t. the sound, the bass has an active pre-amp with treble, bass and parametric mid. Combined with the quad pickup system (each pickup has two coils that can be used either separately or combined), this gives a huge range of tonal options. The treble control provides a beautiful soft «silver» edge to the tone, while the bass is warm and tight.
So what about negative aspects? Well, the control knobs do not have any markings on them, which means that is hard to see their position - you basically have to move them to a reference position (middle or extreme) and adjust from there. Of course, adding some kind of marking would be very easy. Other than that, I cannot really think of anything, except that no bass can be everything to everyone. This bass has a certain hi-fi boutique feel to it. So if your preferences lean towards the old school classics (such as a Fender P), this model may not be the right bass for you.
For me, it is an outstanding instrument that am very happy to own and play.
(Please note that I have no affiliations with Unicorn. I wrote this review so that more people can get to know the brand. I had not heard of it myself until I came across the Unicorn website http://unicornbass.se by coincidence a couple of years ago.)
Unicorn Artist 3200 Bass